226 – Dr. Bryce Lee – Are Muscle Activation Techniques a Waste of Time?

Dr. Bryce Lee
Dr. Bryce Lee

Dr. Bryce Lee (bryce @ strength-space.com) is a former Surface Warfare Naval Officer turned Director of Therapy and Co-founder of StrengthSpace, a provider of resistance-based exercise and physical therapy services located in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a former CrossFit and Kettlebell addict and following a string of acute and overuse training injuries, became a Body By Science devotee, and eventually began training a few private clients, mainly as a hobby.

Bryce’s doctoral program focused on orthopedics, pain neuroscience and the relationship between systemic inflammation and “mechanical” disorders like tendinopathy and osteoarthritis. 

Listen to Dr. Bryce Lee’s first appearance on the podcast HERE

In this episode, Bryce describes how fatigue correlates with muscle activation, muscle activation techniques (MAT), if MAT adds value to HIT and much more.

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Show Notes

  • 1:55 – What is muscle activation?
  • 4:32 – What is arthrogenic inhibition?
  • 10:09 – Vladimir Janda’s upper and lower crossed syndromes
  • 15:07 – How muscle fatigue correlates with muscle activation?
  • 25:17 – Muscle Activation Techniques vs. Placebo Effect
  • 31:53 – Bryce’s thoughts on the emergence of many proprietary techniques
  • 42:05 – Importance of evidence in choosing effective exercises/techniques  
  • 49:58 – Why muscle activation techniques or proprietary techniques are prevalent
  • 54:01 – Why muscle activation techniques aren’t that popular in HIT
  • 57:15 – How muscle activation techniques adds value to HIT
  • 1:01:18 – Bryce’s thoughts on the evolution and diversity of fitness studios
  • 1:05:06 – How to recognize that you’re going beyond your level of expertise as a trainer
  • 1:17:44 – How Bryce makes his revenue streams efficient

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